WandaVision has teased the introduction of a new character for two full episodes now. It has not been revealed yet, but the writers of the show have definitely dropped a huge clue regarding the character’s identity. Outside of the fact that this person is male, Monica (Teyonah Parris) referred to him as an “aerospace engineer”. And you know how the fans are. The moment this happened, theories came in flying left and right. They reveal that’s he a character associated with science has led to theories that the show is about to unveil the MCU’s Reed Richards ahead of its Fantastic Four movie.
The second reference to him is a sign that WandaVision is building his identity being a big surprise. This has of course fueled speculation surrounding Mr. Fantastic, but he isn’t the only Marvel Comics hero fans are wondering about. There’s also founding X-Men member Beast, whose civilian alter ego is that of a respected scientist, Hank McCoy. While there is a good chance that Monica’s mysterious contact is indeed a known character from the comics, it may not be either of the two leading candidates. Instead, it could be someone who would make a lot of sense but is also going under the radar at the same time.
If you’re an avid comic reader, then you will know this character as it is pretty much established in the comic world. The said character may be noted by casual fans not by his own history, but by his connection to a much bigger comic book character, specifically Spider-Man’s biggest critic and Daily Bugle editor-in-chief, J. Jonah Jameson. We know this may seem really wild, but here’s why WandaVision could be hiding J. Jonah Jameson’s son, and what his introduction could mean for Phase 4 of the MCU.
It should be noted that John’s role in Marvel Comics goes beyond his connection to his father and the Man-Wolf mantle. Some may recall that in Spider-Man 2, J. Jonah Jameson’s son was portrayed as a well-known astronaut and the fiancé of Peter Parker’s main love interest, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). In addition, Venom briefly included a character believed to be its take on Jameson. However, the comic book version of John Jameson is so much more than just the astronaut son of the Daily Bugle’s editor-in-chief. That was how he was introduced in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #1, but it didn’t take long for his importance to grow. During a mission in space that went wrong, John was transformed into a powerful, alien werewolf by an artifact called the Godstone.
As the Man-Wolf, John became an opponent of Spider-Man but was eventually reverted back to his human form. John later discovered that the origin of his powers connected to him a being called Stargod. Apparently, John’s destiny was to succeed him. As the new Stargod, John possessed additional werewolf powers and even fought with a sword. His transformations into the Man-Wolf (and Stargod) have forced him into numerous encounters with Spider-Man over the years, but there have also been times where John has successfully utilized his Man-Wolf form as a force for good.
John Jameson is a highly educated expert in aeronautical engineering, and could easily fit the criteria to be the character Monica is planning a rendezvous within WandaVision. In episode 7, the MCU’s version of the hero could be officially introduced, and his ties to J. Jonah Jameson could be explained to viewers. In fact, Marvel could illustrate that connection through another cameo similar to the one he had in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which revealed the MCU’s Jameson – played by the same actor from the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy – is a TV host rather than the editor of a major New York City newspaper. Going in this direction does seem plausible, given that the actor who plays him, J.K. Simmons, has said that his next MCU cameo has already been filmed.
It’s likely that if he is the person Monica is meeting, he’ll serve as an ally they can trust. After all, she wouldn’t have contacted him at all if she didn’t know he could be depended on. As for what purpose he’ll serve, it was already stated that what they need is a way back into the HEX. If John helps them, he could do a bit more than just provide them with the necessary transportation. He could play an active role in the story going forward, which would mean that he may accompany them into Westview and assist in their efforts to stop Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and save her from SWORD.
One way John could become Man-Wolf at some point is through SWORD. It’s not known if Monica’s contact is employed by SWORD, but even if he isn’t, he could end up having a job with them by the end of WandaVision. If he keeps working with SWORD, there may be an opportunity for Marvel to introduce the Godstone and give the MCU its first werewolf. Many are expecting its first lycanthrope to be Werewolf by Night, but by using Man-Wolf, Marvel would be able to incorporate werewolves into the MCU without going down the supernatural route. Instead, these creatures could have an interdimensional or extraterrestrial origin.
WandaVision currently streams on Disney+.